A Collection of CAN Canada and Member Publications
March 16, 2017
Action Update: Canadian Climate Policy
CAN-Rac, our members, and our colleagues have played critical roles in making the Pan-Canadian Framework on Climate Change (PCF) a reality, but industry and other opponents are trying to water down the progress we have worked for. While the PCF isn’t perfect, and runs alongside some very disappointing decisions that have been made on infrastructure, it remains an essential catalyst for much-delayed climate action in Canada. The summary below provides …
- A genuinely comprehensive Framework
- References to increasing ambition in line with Paris commitments: 2
- All the hooks we need to move forward on developing a robust Canadian accountability mechanism
- “As we implement this Framework, we will move forward on respecting the rights of Indigenous Peoples, with robust, meaningful engagement drawing on the Traditional Knowledge […] We acknowledge and thank Indigenous Peoples across Canada for their climate leadership long before the Paris Agreement and for being active drivers of positive
Climate Action Network Canada Brief: 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (Marrakech, Morocco November 7 – 18, 2016)
Our Priorities for Canada in Marrakech:
- Canada must commit to earlier ambition on climate action and encourage the same from other countries, consistent with the Moroccan Presidency’s emphasis on pre-2020 action. A strong panCanadian Framework on Climate Change and Clean Growth is essential to get the ball rolling. (see CAN-Rac’s Expectations for the
Canada has to do much more to provide climate ﬁnance to developing countries. In the short term, this should be ramped up to an annual level of $4billion by 2020, equally split between mitigation and adaptation, of new and additional, climate-speciﬁc public ﬁnance.
General rationale: No county can save its own climate – climate change can only be addressed eﬀectively with a very high degree of international cooperation. Most of the mitigation needed in the 21st century has to happen …
The March 22 federal budget sets the stage for negotiations with provinces and territories with the $2 billion allocation over two years starting in 2017 to the Low Carbon Economy Fund. The timing of the cash infusion aligns precisely with expectations that premiers and the Prime Minister will conclude national climate plan negotiations in late 2016 in time for the 2017 budget. The criteria for receiving federal money strongly suggest the federal Government intends to push provinces and territories hard …
by Dr. Louise Comeau
What we did
We surveyed 857 Ontarians in September 2015 to explore thoughts about carbon pricing and Emissions Trading (cap and trade) policies and 12 frames/narratives. Each narrative (six on carbon pricing; six on cap and trade) expressed a different ‘idea’, or cognitive frame, developed by George Marshall at the Climate Outreach and Information Network (COIN).These ideas covered frames such as “polluter pay”, “common sense”, “hidden costs”, “we’re all in …
By Louise Comeau
October 20, 2015
Election night in Canada saw the country win on two fronts: we knocked it out of the ballpark with a stinging rebuke of the Harper Conservative government and swept in a majority Liberal government. And, the Blue Jays beat Kansas City 11 to 8. Go Canada Go!
While we celebrate a new day, we also need to proceed cautiously: Is it really time to proudly display our Canadian flag at the UN climate negotiations? …
By Lesley Hughes & Will Steffen
October 07, 2015
The price, quality and seasonality of Australia’s food is increasingly being affected by climate change with Australia’s future food security under threat, our new report has revealed.
Australia’s food supply chain is highly exposed to disruption from increasing extreme weather events driven by climate change, with farmers already struggling to cope with more frequent and intense droughts and changing weather patterns.
1. Climate change is making weather …
Canada is falling behind. That’s the message that kicked off Tracking the Revolution — Global, this report’s preceding companion edition. Though our clean tech sector—a category that includes clean energy, among other industries—grew 17 percent in 2013, other economies grew theirs faster.
This companion report paints a considerably brighter picture about clean energy in Canada.
That’s because on the home front, things are going very well. In fact, with respect to domestic clean energy investment and development, this …
We kicked off last year’s inaugural edition of this report with the observation that clean energy had made the leap from “boutique” to “big.” That trend continued in 2014, as the global energy revolution went into high gear. The most remarkable piece of evidence: The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that global growth in greenhouse gas emissions stalled in 2014, even as the economy continued to grow. The agency attributed this to the ramp-up of renewable energy and …
What to look for in the Canadian Energy Strategy
July 13, 2015
Since 2012 there have been discussions between provincial and territorial governments to craft a Canadian energy strategy that would guide the development of Canada’s energy resources. Provincial efforts to find common ground on energy issues have become increasingly important due to the federal government’s failure to advance strategies related to energy development—other than for Alberta’s tar sands—and its lack of leadership on climate change.
Last August in …
July 14, 2015 – Ontario’s environmental watchdog, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), has been very active on its climate change file over the past week.
Last week, the ECO released its annual Greenhouse Gas Progress Report, which tracks the province’s progress towards meetings its GHG reduction targets.
Decisions about the development of the vast oil sands† deposits in Alberta and elsewhere in North America are among the biggest we face as Canadians and Americans. Their consequences for our national economies and shared environment will last decades to centuries. These decisions transcend the boundaries of scientific disciplines in ways that challenge accurate summary in media and debate.
We, a diverse group of natural and social scientists from both countries, began talking to each other because concerns about the …
June 03, 2015
By Christian Holz
Earlier today, I presented at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, as part of Congress 2015 in Ottawa. Here are the slides of my presentation and below is a slightly edited version of the talk I had prepared. The presentation was entitled “Do Unto Others… How Much Climate Change Mitigation Action Would Result From Efforts Comparable to Canadian Provinces’ Climate Targets?”, and here you go.
What I am going …
by Louise Comeau
Daffodils weren’t the only things blooming this May long weekend. New commitments to protecting the climate are blossoming all across the country. On May 15, the federal government announced its contribution to the United Nations negotiations on a new global climate treaty, with a national target to cut climate altering pollution 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. On May 14, Ontario announced it would cut its emissions 37 percent below 1990 by 2030; Quebec is expected …